Alleges former president knelt down to beg Ghaddafi for third term Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has made some of the most far-reaching revelations yet about the years in office of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Fayose said in the current edition of The Interview that Obasanjo used him to wreck the presidential ambition of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and the chance of former Kaduna State Governor, Ahmed Markafi, becoming the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in 2007.
He said in his naivety, Obasanjo also used him to attack former Abia State Governor, Orji Kalu, among other political foes.
In a statement, the MD/Editor-In-Chief, Azu Ishiekwene, described the edition as â€œa window on a dark and troubling past, and a must read for any important political figure who has crossed Fayoseâ€™s path in the last 18 years.â€
Fayose told The Interview that the scale fell off his eyes when on a trip with Obasanjo to Tripoli, Libya, where the then president had gone to ask Moummar Ghaddafi to support his third term bid, the former Libyan president treated Obasanjo like a serf.
Recalling the encounter, he said: â€œIt was such a pathetic scenario, so shameful. Obasanjo was speaking rapidly like a parrot. I was shocked beyond words. I never knew Obasanjo would be that humble.
â€œHe was on one knee till the end of the conversation. Gadaffi kept quiet and was just watching Obasanjo. When Obasanjo stopped rambling, Gadaffi said: â€˜Have you finished? Just know that I will not attend that meeting. I have other engagements.â€’
He also revealed how on two major occasions when he went to visit Atiku at the height of Obasanjoâ€™s third term bid, security details promptly reported him to the former president, even before he left the venue, leaving him feeling spooky and vulnerable.
On the Obasanjo-Atiku saga, Fayose said: â€œObasanjo told me that when you capture a general and you donâ€™t kill him, heâ€™ll come back and kill you; that since Atiku tried to stop him and failed, he must pay for it. And he (Atiku) is still paying for it.â€
In a statement that could reverberate beyond Nigeriaâ€™s shores, Fayose said he knew, as an insider at the time, that Obasanjo betrayed former Liberian President, Charles Taylor, to induce United States support for this third term bid, after promising Taylor safe haven in Nigeria.
He revealed how the current Chairman of PDP was sidelined in favour of a sick and reluctant Umaru Musa Yarâ€™Adua and his role in it as Chairman of the Presidential Selection Committee.
Fayose warned Kalu against â€œsellingâ€ the Igbo down the river â€œfor cheap politicsâ€ and blamed President Muhammadu Buhariâ€™s government for making the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu, popular.
He also spoke on his attempts to reach Buhari directly; former Governor Kayode Fayemiâ€™s relationship with APC leader, Bola Tinubu, and futile attempt to discourage former Governor Peter Odili from accepting Obasanjoâ€™s dummy that he was his heir apparent.
Also in this edition, the Executive Director of Neem Foundation, a not-for-profit NGO, Dr. Fatima Akilu, said she foresaw problems even after the shooting war with Boko Haram.
Akilu, a psychologist, warned that except there is a plan to deal with post-war stress and build inclusive communities, the gains of the military campaign could unravel.
The edition also contains interviews with the first Nigerian in the Belgian parliament, Collins Nweke; conversations with poet, Dike Chukwumerije, and inside information in the corridors of power in Interview Confidential, among others.